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unearthly

[uhn-urth-lee] /ʌnˈɜrθ li/
adjective
1.
seeming not to belong to this earth or world:
unearthly beauty.
2.
supernatural; ghostly; unnaturally strange; weird:
an unearthly scream.
3.
out of the ordinary; unreasonable or absurd:
to get up at an unearthly hour.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; un-1 + earthly
Related forms
unearthliness, noun
Synonyms
2. preternatural, spectral. See weird.
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  • What is thrilling in this eerie episode is the staging of the nocturnal rallies, the jangle of the strange, unearthly sounds.
  • One of these fights features strange calisthenics and unearthly shrieks.
  • Those qualities have created an almost unearthly landscape that is as beautiful as it is desolate.
  • The waters appear to be almost unearthly blue due to the purity of the air and the water in the lake.
  • Though he never performed the kind of miracle needed to be officially canonised, his power was close to unearthly.
  • There glimmered the embroidered letter, with comfort in its unearthly ray.
  • Sunrise and sunset turned the sky to an unearthly flame of many colors above the vast water.
  • Since his theme is unearthly, the unearthly form becomes it.
  • But this isn't any ordinary gang fight, because these thugs have an unearthly taste for human flesh.
  • But the new unearthly perspective reduces the size of her earthlings.
British Dictionary definitions for unearthly

unearthly

/ʌnˈɜːθlɪ/
adjective
1.
ghostly; eerie; weird: unearthly screams
2.
heavenly; sublime: unearthly music
3.
ridiculous or unreasonable (esp in the phrase unearthly hour)
Derived Forms
unearthliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unearthly
adj.

1610s, "heavenly, sublime," from un- (1) "not" + earthly. Sense of "ghostly, weird" first recorded 1802. Related: Unearthliness.

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